EastEnders Live: Emergency services called after set catches fire

A fire broke out on the set of EastEnders just a few hours after the BBC soap went live for their 30th anniversary


by Kayleigh Dray |
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The 30th anniversary celebrations of EastEnders are all set to feature live elements this week, culminating in an entirely live episode.

But all of that was thrown into jeopardy last night when a stray firework sparked a real-life blaze on the Albert Square set.

Firefighters were called to the set in the BBC's Elstree studios in Hertfordshire just a few hours after the first live episode was broadcast to millions of viewers nationwide.

Ian Parkhouse from Hertfordshire fire and rescue service said: "Crews from Borehamwood and Potters Bar were called to the BBC Elstree Studios shortly after 11pm to tackle a fire that had taken hold in the first floor and roof space of a building on Albert Square."

However the blaze, which was in the first floor and roof space of Dr Legg's old surgery on the set, was soon "contained and extinguished" by crews.

"We're pleased that we were able to deal with this incident quickly, so it shouldn't affect the 30-year celebrations taking place this week," he added.

A spokeswoman for the soap said: "There was a very small fire on set on Tuesday night after rehearsals had finished.

"It has not affected any #EELive week plans and nobody was harmed," she added.

We're so glad to hear that nobody was harmed - and that the show will go on tonight!

Will you be watching EastEnders tonight at 8pm on BBC One?

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